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Can I find whether a process is running on my operating system

Question: Can I find whether a process is running on my operating system

Is there any way to find out whether an exe file is running on the windows XP/2000 operating system.

I want to find out whether there is any function either using win32 API, to check if an exe file (wrun.exe) is running.


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Preferred Solution: Can I find whether a process is running on my operating system

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Can I find whether a process is running on my operating system

Do a cntrl-alt-delete. Click on task manager. Click the processes tab. Scroll down the list and look for your wrun.exe.

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We're using Windows XP SP3.......Prior to noticing the process 5lwer687.exe, my roommate was downloading something he shouldn't have been and ended up with a9installer.exe on his desktop.

Answer:Can't find any info on running process 5lwer687.exe

Hi. a9installer.exe is malware.

Malware generally installs dlls and exe's with random strings of numbers/letters. A good indication that you have malware is when you go to do a search on it and you don't get any hits.

I would recommend he perform all steps in the READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide and post the requested logs (How to attach logs) in a New thread in the Malware Removal Forum.

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Is there a way to find out how long a process has been running using:
I have the ProcessID defined as TPID.


My solution doesn't actually do what I originally intended for it to do, but sense I start the process I just did this.


Public class form1
Dim Time As DateTime

Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
Time =
end sub

Private Sub Timer1_Tick(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Timer1.Tick
Dim Difference As TimeSpan = DateTime.Now.Subtract(Time)
me.Text = "All in one Minecraft: Server runtime: " & Difference.Days.ToString & ":" & Difference.Hours.ToString & ":" & Difference.Minutes.ToString & ":" & Difference.Seconds.ToString
End Sub

Thank you,

Answer:Solved: [VisualStudio 2010] - how to find out how long a process has been running?

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Until recently all was well.Now,quite regularly the system crashes,Go back reports massive disruption and advises letting scan disk run,and then reinstall itself.I reboot and get the message 'cannot find operating system'Starting with Me rescue disk and typing in various commands always results in bad command messages.Have formatted and reinstalled all only to have the system crash again with all the same messages.There are no viruses etc on the system and 14 of the 20gb hard drive is free.I have restored from a ghost image made some time ago but the system has crashed again since and I have used the image again.Sys resore is disabled in favour of Go Back because restore is never of any help if windows won't even start.Please can you help? I have Win ME. Don.

Answer:Can't find operating system

I had exactly the same issue and it turned out to be a faulty hard drive. At first I could boot, say, 7 out of ten times, then it got less and eventually the "operating system not found" message appears all the time as the hard drive breathed it's last. It all happened within the space of a week. Scandisk didn't report any errors, even after a full surface scan.Take an up to date image as quickly as you can before the disk fails so you are covered - in case this is the same problem you are experiencing.

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A friend of mine has Lenovo laptop that runs Vista Ultimate, the laptop itself is a little under a year old. Earlier this year, October-ish, she started her laptop to find the Cannot Find Operating System message. She took it to the tech department at the university we go too and they backed up all her info and had to reinstall Vista. We it has happened again. She said the recovery way didn't work and she had to reinstall Vista, this time losing all her pictures and everything.

What is causing this? I really want to make sure it doesn't happen a third time to her. I have read that some say it is the hard drive but I think if that was the case, she couldn't reinstall Vista or do anything to the laptop as the hard drive would be loose or fried. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Anything?


Answer:Cannot Find Operating System! Help!

Well, it could be that the hard drive is not properly connected, or that the Hard drive is bad. Try downloading and running this program. Open it and run the scan HDD. Let it finish and see if there are bad sectors. If there are, you should consider getting a new HDD. If not, then somthing else is wrong.


Stellar Smart - Monitor Hard Drive Performance - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET

EDIT: Sorry the link thing screwed up. just click the blue text.

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Okay, so here is the deal. I have a Gateway m6821, installed with Vista SP1. I was doing factory setting restore because I wanted to clear up some space and everything else i did didn't seem to have much of an effect. That being besides the point..when i was doing the factory setting restore, the stupid battery died. I thought it was full, but i was mistaken. When i plugged it in and turned the computer back on it couldn't find an operating system. I don't have any disks with the computer. But i don't mind ordering them. So if you could fill me in as to what disks i need that'd be great. disk, recovery partition disk? idk. anyway, i'd love a response.

Oh yea, one more important thing which was very stupid on my part. I used to have a gateway desktop that ran XP. i had a recovery disk with it. I decided hey, even though this is Vista, maybe this disk will work..what harm could it do since the computer is already kinda broken..well, now when i turn on the computer it starts to load the recovery partition or something, anyway long story kinda short, but still now goes to a BSOD after. i don't know if i'll still be able to install the software needed to restore my baby or not...i'd really rather not get a new computer...don't really have the money for that.

Answer:Can't find operating system

When performing an operation like that, you should ALWAYS have your computer plugged in, chances are, a full battery won't be enough.
You will need to go out and purchase a set of Vista o/s disks and reinstall everything.

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I am posting this question for my mom. She went to go start her computer today and she now has a BLACK screen  upon start up that says "Can't find operating system" She tried her recovery disc and nothing happens. Just the BLACK screen with the above saying. They have an HP computer. Any advice or solution would be very much appreciated. THANKS in advance.

Answer:Can't Find Operating System

The possible problems are endless!One of the first steps you can take is to use the recovery CD that came with the PC originally.  If you have the original setup instructions, you can follow that or you can go here to get it: will need to know the model of your computer.  It should be written on the case or maybe your folks know.  It is important that you follow the recovery procedures as they are listed.  If you follow the recovery procedure and it doesn't work, let us know which step failed.If you need help with any of this, let us know.Dell

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I have a laptop 3000 n100, and it has a 120 GB hdd.  I purchased a 250 gb hdd.  I made 2 partitions  a 120gb and a 130 gb.  They both formatted fine and I made them primary partitions.  I tried Achronis Pro but it wanted to use the whole new disk.  I tried drive Clone Pro, using the "clone partition" mode, and transferred the 120 old to the 120 new partition and all the files were there.  When I put the new hdd in the laptop, I get a message "cannot find operating system"  I have used both of these clone programs just to do disk to disk clones and both work fine.  What am I DOING WRONG? [email protected]

Answer:Can't find operating system

Did you also set the primary partition as active? Also ensure that the MBR is also copied over to the new hard drive.

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I just recently reformatted my hrad disk. For some reason after I reinstalled windows and installed SP2 my computer wouldnt boot. I had to switch my primary hard drive with my secondary hard drive and install windows on there and all was good, i was copying some large files so i went to watch tele while i was waiting then when i came out i had a different message as above but occuring at the same time, jsut when the operating system takes over. This time the error was Operating System Error or something similar. The reason I posted in here is i recently change my computer case and my CPU temps are reading in BIOS as 65-68 C, my processor is a pentium 4 3.00ghz Prescott. Could this have something to do with my processor or jsut some freak coincidence.

Answer:Can't find operating system

That usualy means (those errors) that the hdd is kaput/failing, the boot.ini or MFT/MBR is screwed, or windows didn't install properly.. but that cpu temps perplexes me.. even if prescotts are known to run hot, but i assume you took those readings from BIOS hardware monitor? which would be the pc at idle..
So try to eliminate the temps first: Clean out the case, HSF etc from dust (probably clean though, since you've just switched cases), put some new thermal grease between the CPU and HSF again, and make sure the fans are running solid.. Use a desktop fan if needed..

Then check you have ample power going through the psu... check for shorting to the case etc.. like you would do for a brand new custom build pc.

If that still gets you stuck, go back to barebones system and see if it makes a difference. You may want to consider doing a chkdsk /f and sfc /scannow (through recovery console, if windows is still down) as well as a hdd diagnostic test to see if everything is intact.. Get a Linux Live CD and see if you can get the hdds to read..

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I have a netbook that no does not see the operating system at startup ( thinkpad i think) it just boots to a black screen after the Lenovos screen load in, Pressing f12 brings you to the boot menu and if you click on the drive it shows the hdd and lan drives loading up from there it just boots with a message " no operating system found" .  If i go to the quick start menu and look in the Photos section  the files  folders are still there under my computer including the disk drives ( labeled as disk 1 and not c: )  and all the program files including the windows folder.  I can not boot into safe mode or system recovery not sure what the system recovery steps are on the netbook but tried loading /pressing all the f buttons on the loading screen only things work is F12 for boot menu f2 for setup screen and esc shows bios i think. since it is a net book there are no recovery disk  or disk drive. This seems to have happened after possably malware got on the computer. The person using it at the time said a seemly fake antivirus popup came on screen and said system was not protected and contiuned to load when they tried to restart thats when the problem happened.

Answer:Netbook can not find operating system

make sure your harddisc in the first device when you press f12.
have you tried to press one key recover ( arrow sign button ) button to perform clean windows installation?

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I have a samsung laptop which have Window 7 does not boot it says O/S can not be found I tried pres F2 and enter the set up by selecting Load set up defaults and saved the configuration. after I select f4 for recovery but nothing happen.Before crushed the laptop has a low noise like fan's speed
It says System BIOS SHadowed
Video BIOS SHadowed
PleaseCan you give me a clue whats wrong. I bought the laptop last july and unfortunatly the garance finished las month the operating system was already ionstalled and i do not have a CD or back up.I do not know if I have lost everything in HD

Answer:My laptop can't find Operating System

Sounds like the hard drive died. When you boot you should see a bios summary screen. Question is does the hard drive show?

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My Compaq trys to boot up, but I get the message across the top saying it can't find an operating system. I hear a clicking sound-sort've like going back and forth while it's trying to rear the different drives, then the message appears. Thanks.

Answer:computer can't find operating system-help!


The message you are recieving and the clicking sound are usually associated with hardrive failure, you could slave the hardrive in another machine to see if you can access it as a test and to try and rescue some data but this usually don't work.

i would put a new hardrive in and reinstall the operating system.


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Hello folks

Just joined so "hi!", a colleague overseas sent me a a link here and said I might find the help I need.

I have a Fujitsu Siemens laptop running Vista Home Premium 32 bit (I think) and it won't boot up correctly. It's got 1gb of RAM, and, so I'm told, a SATA HDD. I was surfing the net, left it running for a few mins whilst I put my daughter to bed, when I came back it was rebooting, and it said 'cannot find operating system' on the screen. A friend with a little knowledge has said the HDD is OK as it will try to repair itself using the repair disc that came with the machine, however it's not repairing properly. I've been through the turorials 148, 147 and 142 in that order, but to no avail.

When I get to the 'System Recovery Screen' as seen on Figure 4 in tutorial 148 there is nothing in the box under Operating System. When I try the advanced options, as seen in Figure 9, none of them work- there is no system restore available. I've reset the BIOS to default, not that I recall changing anything.

I'm a bit stuck as to what to try next. I'm not an expert by any means but I'm familiar with some of the processes, not all the terminology.The laptop is under warranty but I've been told that it will take 4 weeks to repair. I don't want to wait this long, and to be honest I'm not comfortable with it being away for so long- there's some sensitive commercial data on it, plus a few passwords stored in Firefox for different accounts (not my bank!... Read more

Answer:Laptop Cannot Find Operating System

If startup repair doesn't recognize a hard drive, then it can't run any of it's repairs on the hard drive (to include chkdsk) - so it's either the hard drive that's dead or a more serious problem with the computer.I'd suggest running a test on the hard drive to see if it's dead. They're usually free from the manufacturer of the hard drive.In the event that you have a Fujitsu hard drive in your Fujitsu laptop, here's a link to it:'ll have to download the program and follow their directions for making a bootable DOS disk (and you'll have to use the DOS version of the test).In the event that the hard drive is dead, you'll need another hard drive of the same capacity or bigger, and you'll have to know if it's SATA (2 black connectors) or IDE (40 little gold pins). Then you'll need your Vista DVD and any other DVD's that may have come with the computer.

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Hello, I started a new build couple weeks ago when i finally put it together and booted it up it said on screen...

An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't
contain an operating system.
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

...And so I had a Windows 10 bootable USB flash drive. I put it in and everything went ok as I chose my language, the version and the hdd. But as the downloading windows started "Copying Windows files 0%...100%... Getting Files Ready for installation 0%........? Then it crashes with a blue screen a frowning face and says "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for you..."
I get different errors the most recent one was Error 0xC0000005 (Those are zeros). I thought it could've been a corrupt iso file so i redownloaded it and burned it through a DVD. still crashed. Tried it through a USB flash drive but it crashed again. I have an official Windows 7 download disc which it will not recognize either. I appreciate if I could get some help if you need any more info please let me know, Thank You.
My Specs are: AMD FX(tm)-8320 Eight-Core Processor
Graphics Card- AMD Radeon R7 240 2gb
Memory- DDr3 8gb
Motherboard- msi 970A SLI Krait Edition
PSU- Corsair CX750 ATX Power supply (750W)

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Hello, I have an ideapad 500 500-15isk, it's 32 bit and can't find its drivers on the lenovo download section.So I tried to download the 64 bit version and not all drivers worked, such as the bluetooth drivers and camera drivers. Can someone help me please?

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Hi i have this problem with my lop top, it shows operating system not found and i have browse your site and find same problem with others, i did the advice that you gave to them but to my lop top the F8 option is not working, i tap it continiously but nothing came out....please help me...thanks!

Answer:Cannot find operating system, the F8 option

For myself, I hold down F8 before I see the XP loading screen.

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Ok I feel as if all i had is lost. I was playing a game and I rebooted my computer. When i went to start it it went to the a blank blue screen before the account screen in the beginning of XP . I know i can restore to new but i will have lost so much information that it would take about 3 months to retain it all back. It says it can not find operating system. I need help in a serious way. all advice and solutions are requested..... Thanks

Answer:Computer Can't Find My Operating System HELP!!!!!!!!

Please don't duplicate.

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I have a mildly irritating issue (less so now that I found a way around it). When coming out of sleep mode, my Dell XPS 15Z with Win7 says it can't find the operating system. I was pretty perplexed about this until I found that hitting "ESC" makes it all better. Don't know if this is a symptom of something more serious or a mild irritant, but I haven't spent much time on it since finding the work around.

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I have a co-worker who has an R400 and the OS sticker is scratched off.  Can I use the serial number to look up the original specs to see which OS came with it? --David

Answer:Can I find out which operating system originally came with my r400.

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Yes, definitely:-

Hope this helps.

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Sony vaio model 61112l got dropped and now it says it cant find Operating system,Is the hard drive locked out?Ive herd about ard drives having a lock out feture to prevent damage when thisc kinda thing happens.I have a college term paper on it and I NEED TO GET INTO THE HARD DRIVE> PLEASE HELP

Answer:Dropped laptop W7 cant find operating system

The hard drive may still be functional. The operating system has become corrupted. You could run a fitness test on the hard drive or if you need to recover files NOW, use a live version of Linux, like Puppy, to access the files and copy them to flash or optical media. If the files are not accessible because Puppy can't see the hard drive, then the drive may be damaged.After that, try performing a restore to factory state. You have learned about one of many reasons why you should maintain backups of your personal data.

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I have a satellite 1000 Z2 with a windows xp operating system. When i turn the computer on i get the message 'cannot find operating system'. I've tried to use the recovery disk but i get an error message saying that there is a partitioning error and it doesn't work. I've looked at the recovery utility options to see if i can reformat the hard drive that using this method but i'm out of my league and don't know what the options mean. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite 1000-Z2: Cannot find operating system

Hi Dex

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this usually means your hard disk has failed or is failing.

If you have a bootable floppy disk which brings you into DOS use it and see if it recognizes your hard disk C drive (or whatever your drive letter is). If it does see it then do a DIR and see if your files are still there. If it doesn't find your hard disk chances are it has failed.

Good luck!

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I have a slight problem and am hoping somone can help, new motherboard was fitted and vista was running fine then it wouldn't
boot without the recovery disc, kept getting CANT FIND BOOTMGR message, I then tried to reinstall vista, the instalation froze half way through the process, now the laptop wont boot up with the recovery disc I just get a blank screen with the words OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND
also if I press the F11 key for system recovery I still only get the blank screen with the words OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND
I can get to the bios but that is about it
I am at a loss as to what to do next
Any help/information would be greatfully appreciated
Kind regards Neil

Answer:Operating System not found/cant find BOOTMGR

Hello, geez, sounds like an issue with the hard drive IMO ( in my opinion ) . I would do a hard drive check to check its status . Try a chkdsk using command prompt and see how this works.
Post results if you do this, and I or someone else will pick it up from there. Thanks for using this Forum for your issues..
Edit : Confirm that the electrical connections are secure.

Check your hard disk for errors

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i have a 2 month old hard drive and now when i turn the computer on it says media test failure "check cable" and cannot find operating system.  it is not the hard drive because i got another one from dell and it did the same thing when i re-installed Windows.  help me out please...

Answer:Inspiron 1100 -Can't find Operating System

Check cables? See if any of them requires replacement?

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I have a new internal HDD. When I first put Windows 8 OS on it I needed to disconnect my External HDD because I was getting the error (don't quote this):
"Can't find operating system. Disconnect any drive that doesn't not have an operating system."
It booted fine when I disconnect the External HDD.
It stopped doing this until today. I need to disconnect it when IU reboot.
I believe I ejected the External by mistake and tha6t5 screwed everything up again.
I entered the BIOS and I don't see the External HDD there. Only my internal and my cd/dvd drive.
It currently looks for an OSA on the cd/dvd first.

Any ideas how to fix this??


Answer:Systen Can't find Operating System Unless I disconnect my

Fixed now.
The Internal and External HDDs weren't listed separately in the BIOS "Boot" section. They were listed as HDD group.
I to enter that and disable the External HDD in the boot sequence.
And now all is well.


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I am running Win 98SE on a Dell Pentium 3 with 640 MB RAM. Occasionally, I get an error message when booting the pc that says :

Cannot find operating system

This normally occurs a couple of minutes after I turn on the pc. Once it does occur, nothing else will happen. I just get a black screen with that message at the top. If I turn off the pc and turn it on again, occasionally this will happen again. However, most of the time, the pc boots up fine, and I get into the Windows desktop screen, ready to go.

This condition happens approx. a couple times a month over the last 6-8 months.

Is this something to be concerned about? What should I do about it? Does it mean that something is wrong with either my hardware or operating system?

Answer:Boot error: Cannot find operating system

what kind of harddrive do you have?

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Last night I came home to my kid using my laptop for games... CBBC Website.

He stopped using it for a couple for hours but left the window and laptop open.
When it came to shutting it down, the laptop had frozen, the mouse would move but not select anything.
I had to hold the power button to switch it off, and when restarting it says Unable to find operating system.
There are a few other error codes but I can't remember exactly what they are.
The laptop had been freezing recently but I referred to a recent good configuration and this seemed to rectify the problem.
Are there any suggestions to fix this?

Many Thanks

PS - Apologies if this is in the wrong forum area, feel free to move if required.

Answer:Unable to find operating system... Windows XP

Hello and Welcome to TSF!!!

What make/model is your laptop???
You said you had this kind of problems before... After you use laptop for a while,
have you ever noticed that laptop is maybe a bit hot???
Maybe you should clean cooler in case it is dusted...

Boot in to BIOS and check if HDD is visible...
What kind of error message you have on display???

Keep us posted...

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I got back from class today and my computer was frozen. I forced a reboot. When it tries to load windows XP, I get an error message that says: Operating System Not Found !!!!!!!! Can/Should I load with the boot disks? I CAN NOT loose the info on my hard drive. What should I do?

Answer:Error Message: Can't Find Operating System

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My rather new Sony Vaio started having BSOD crashes, usually (but not always) after being asleep.  After the BSOD, the restart would fail, with a message saying the operating system could not be found.  But, after a couple restarts or a cold reboot, it would find it and start without problem.  I reset the bios to defaults, did a system restore to before the crashes started- no luck.  To make matters more complicated, the BSOD flash so quickly I don't get error codes, and no matter what I do (check pagefile size/location, system settings), my computer doesn't make a dump file. The event viewer only lists a critical error that the system rebooted without cleanly shutting down first.  I called Sony, they had me run one of their hard drive check programs (not chkdsk and it passed), and then made me reformat/recover using the hidden partition and their recovery software.  Besides the annoyance of the clean reformat and all my software settings etc not restoring quite right, three days after the reformat and I have another BSOD, and again, no .dmp file or any other clues (and of course, all the previous error reports got wiped).
 I have a  jcgriff2 file I can attach if needed, but not performance monitor report because it keeps timing out.
Sony Vaio running Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (OEM, from the recovery partition)
Intel Core i5 @2.5GHz
699Gb Hitachi SATA HD (only 19% full)
Since I know nothing about things mes... Read more

Answer:BSOD, intermittent 'cannot find operating system'

Hello weezerific,A "rather new Sony Vaio" still having problems after following Sony Support's instructions should be persued with Sony.  Whatever they suggested, hasn't worked and they should be made aware of that.  That is what a warranty is for.   

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Was simply talking to a friend on Facebook when suddenly i get a BSOD saying that Windows had shut down to protect system files or something. So I turn it off and on again it takes ages loading on the Dell on screen then it comes up with the black page with all the writing when booting up next minute it says it can't find the operating system!! Any help guys because it won't even read the repair disk!! Please reply soon!!

Dell Inspiron 11z
Windows 7 x86
2gb RAM
Intel Celeron 1.7ghz processor

Answer:BSOD now computer can't find operating system (Win 7)

Try these bootable diagnostics:

I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests (located at this link: Hardware Diags ). They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link) - Test ALL of the hard drives.

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Resources (read the details at the link)
There are also free, bootable antivirus disks at this link: Free Online AntiMalware Resources - Bootable Disks

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Hi Guys,
I know this is a topic that has received quite alot of attention but so far i have tried loads of so called fixes and my problem seems to be unique.
I got the blue screen of death last night with the error message 'KERNAL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR.
I also got this tech info *** STOP: 0x0000007A (0xFFFFF6FB7DA00018, 0XFFFFFFFFC0000056, I can elaborate on this later if required.
Had blue screen a few times so didnt think anything of it, then today mid way through watching a download on vlc, my PC restarted and gave me 'operating system not found. I restarted and it said the same thing.
My CD rom tray is broken and so to get into it i (or my gf lol) have to take my laptop apart and place the disk in then rebuild, anyway i put my recovery disk in and it wont find my HDD therefore cannot even do a fresh install coz windows has no where to put it.
Tried Dos'ing it, my laptop in dos is giving OMB, which is either a strange name for a hard drive or i have 0 MB :/ cant do anything with it, samsung recovery solution wont start(F4), tried resetting all dos settings, advanced settings(F8) etc but no joy.
Is there anyway to fix this or do i need to look into a new hard drive? Any help will be much appreciated!!!

Answer:Operating System Not Found, Windows cant find my HDD

Can you boot in Safe mode? If so, please follow steps outlined here to get BSOD help:

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I have searched all over for an answer to this issue but cannot find anything anywhere. It is really stumping me. The problem is that on my computer the 'System' process is running at >50% with no applications running. I have ran McAfee & Spybot scans and cleared all viruses and spywares found. When I boot into safe mode this problem does not appear. However, when I boot in diagnostic mode the 'System' process still runs >50%. When I analyse the 'System' process with procexp I do not get any module info on the thread which is causing the system process to use >50% of the CPU. Lastly if I suspend the thread (as it cannot be killed) I note that the heatsink fan speed in the computer drops. I have attached some procexp info as follows:

Process PID CPU Description Company Name
System 4 51.47
System Idle Process 0 44.85
SERVICES.EXE 852 2.21 Services and Controller app Microsoft Corporation
procexp.exe 1380 1.47 Sysinternals Process Explorer Sysinternals
WSCNTFY.EXE 1744 Windows Security Center Notification App Microsoft Corporation
wmpnetwk.exe 1320 Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service Microsoft Corporation
WINLOGON.EXE 808 Windows NT Logon Application Microsoft Corporation
VsTskMgr.exe 1348 Task Manager : scheduling and OAS alerting service Network Associates, Inc.
UpdaterUI.exe 1628 Common User Interface Network Associates, Inc.
TomTomHOME.exe 3688 TomTom HOME TomTom
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Answer:'System' Process Running at >50%

I think MS updated the file as part of a security patch in March. Some info suggests might have issues.

This can also be an unwanted file change and depending on the file location it is running from might be a virus.

Suggest posting a HiJackThis to the security forum to have them assess.

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I've got a 1.5 y/o PRESARIO running XP.  It crashed yesterday.  I had a techie visit today who booted up in safe mode... discovered the System process was running 100% of cpu for no apparent reason.  He couldn't resolve the problem, so I did a system restore after he left.  I'm now able to run in normal mode again.  However, the system process is still running at 100%.  Also, my USB ports weren't functioning.  I started having some problems a few days ago but they didn't totally crap out until yesterday.  At the techies' suggestion, I unplugged the 2 front USB cables (the two rear are hardwired to the MB) and added a new USB card this evening and that seems to be working okay.  I was told the USB problem might have been due to a short circuit, but I'm not positive.Anyway... what could be causing the system process to run at 100%?  Could it be related to the USB problem?  Or are these likely separate issues.Thanks.

Answer:SYSTEM process running at 100%... why??

What are you running for virus and spyware protection? What are the processes using the CPU?You probably have software as well as hardware problems.

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 11:37:24 AM, on 12/14/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16945)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\ActivIdentity\ActivClient\accoca.exeC:\Program Files\Altiris\Dagent\aclient.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 7.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\applemobiledeviceservice.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Program Files\LogMeIn Hamachi\hamachi-2.exeC:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\InterVideo\RegMgr\iviRegMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\AMT\LMS.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\mdm.exeC:\Program Files\Trend Micro\OfficeScan Client\ntrtscan.exeC:\Program Files\PDF Complete\pdfsvc.exeC:\Program... Read more

Answer:system process running at 50%

Welcome to the BleepingComputer Forums. Since it has been a few days since you scanned your computer with HijackThis, we will need a new HijackThis log. If you have not already downloaded Random's System Information Tool (RSIT), please download Random's System Information Tool (RSIT) by random/random which includes a HijackThis log and save it to your desktop. If you have RSIT already on your computer, please run it again. Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT. Click Continue at the disclaimer screen. Please post the contents of log.txt. Thank you for your patience.Please see Preparation Guide for use before posting about your potential Malware problem. If you have already posted this log at another forum or if you decide to seek help at another forum, please let us know. There is a shortage of helpers and taking the time of two volunteer helpers means that someone else may not be helped. Please post your HijackThis log as a reply to this thread and not as an attachment. I am always leery of opening attachments so I always request that HijackThis logs are to be posted as a reply to the thread. I do not think that you are attaching anything scary but others may do so. While we are working on your HijackThis log, please: Reply to this thread; do not start another! Do not make any changes on your computer during the cleaning process or download/add programs on your computer unless instructed to do so. Do not run any other tool until ... Read more

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I found on laptop operating system wasn't found how solve it.

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having not used my laptop for a couple of months when i tried to boot up I got the message 'unable to find operating system', despite puting in recovery cd (which doesn't run). I get the sony screen on boot up then nothing even pressing f8 doesn't do anything, Any help gratefully accepted. thx

Answer:sony vaio, unable to find operating system.

try a boot up floppy to get started

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Is there any way to enable it or to be able to find it?

Answer:I can't find "BitLocker' on my Windows 8 Operating System.

Hello Jcwisgod,

Sorry, but BitLocker is only available in Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise editions.

BitLocker - Turn On or Off for OS Drive in Windows 8

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I'm not sure if this is in the right place because my problem covers many areas it seems so I apologize if I'm in the wrong place.
Yesterday morning my boyfriend gave my his old graphics card, a GTX 760, I made sure everything was compatible with my hardware before installing it. I uninstalled my AMD drivers, I had an AMD r7 250x, and shut my computer down, popped it open, and carefully changed the cards. I made sure not to knock anything or any cables, put it back together and booted it up.
I got a screen with a frown face, im not sure if this is the BSOD on Windows 10, I only had Windows 10 for a couple days, and it restarted my computer. I tried switching the graphics cards back thinking that was the problem but once I turned my computer on it said it couldn't find the operating system, I've gotten a handful of errors since then, most have to do with not having a proper boot device or not being able to find the operating system.
Here are the things I've tried:
Using a Windows 7 install disk
Using an old backup restore disk I made when I had Windows 7
Creating a restore drive on another Windows 10 computer on a USB
Unplugging, leaving it for a little bit 10-15 min, and plugging it back in
Changing the graphics cards
Opened up the computer to double check the wires, all is plugged the way it's supposed to be
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Answer:Computer can't find operating system after hardware change?

I should add, the USB recovery drive got me to the point where it gave me restoral options but it said that I could not restore because I was missing a drive partition, and when I tried to run the check disk command but that failed. I can no longer get to those options from the USB, it only worked once. It

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I am running Windows Vista on a HP laptop that I bought in July 2008 (Windows was pre-loaded), and I haven't downloaded any additional service packs.

My computer was running fine, I hadn't installed any new software recently, or installed any new hardware. When a program was running a bit slow, I went ahead and restarted just to clear up any problems. When it restarted, it tried to boot at least 5 times, and gave me the error message that it couldn't find the operating system.

One of my friends has told me, and from what I can gather, that I need to try to boot from a disk, and then reset the MBR. However, I can't find where to get a boot disk from, and what exactly I should do next.

Any help???

Answer:During Boot Error Message: 'Can't find Operating System'.

The problem you're experiencing is indeed related to the MBR is you have uninstalled and installed software and hardware (which, I would like to get a list of so I can further elaborate).

Here's a good website for bootdisks.

Also, when booting press F12 and boot into your HDD instead of your CD/DVD or Network (if they're set for some..strange reason..).

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I have a two-year-old Dell Inspiron 1545 that originally came with Vista, but was upgraded to Windows 7. I got a new hard drive for the computer several months ago. After installing a Windows Update today, the system rebooted to this message:

"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

If Windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, Startup Repair can help diagnose and fix the problem. If power was interrupted during startup, choose Start Windows Normally."

Start Windows Normally just reloaded the original error message. Safe Mode does not load (a blue screen flashes before taking me back to the error message again). Last Known Good Configuration didn't work. Startup Repair doesn't seem to work, either - I could not use a system restore point or a system image because the recovery tool couldn't find an operating system. The System Recovery Options screen shows "Operating system: Unknown on (Unknown) Local Disk." Also, after running the Startup Repair tool for about 30 minutes, nothing had changed on the screen, and I cancelled it. Is it supposed to take hours or something? Should I let it run to completion?

Using another computer, I downloaded the Neowin Windows 7 Recovery Disc and attempted to boot with it, but it just offered me the same System Recovery options: Startup Repair, System Restore, System Image, Memory Diagnostic (which gave me an error), and Command Prompt. I tried running chkdsk /r us... Read more

Answer:Windows failed to start and can't find operating system

I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

I don't have an installation CD for Windows 7 because I installed it using a download I purchased from Microsoft.

You can make a installation DVD from the download.

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i have recently mostly recovered my computer from a sh*tstorm of viruses and trojans/malware, but now i have hit a wall. I'm running xp home edition sp3, and when i check my processes in the ctr+alt+delete menu, it says there is an instance of iexplore [internet explorer] running, however, as my title suggests, i am not running it. I've browsed around the internet and what i find concludes that it is probably a backdoor virus, any suggestions of how to remove it?

i detected many threats with SpyDoctor, 597 to be exact, and recovered from that, and used house call by trendmicro to remove an umpteen of malware from my computer.

Answer:iexplore.exe in system process but not running.

Please click here to download and install version 2.0.2 of the HijackThis Installer. ​
Run it and select Do a system scan and save a logfile.

The log will be saved in Notepad. Copy and paste the log in your next post.

Do not fix anything​

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Is it a good idea to use a CD-ROM ran operating system and dedicate your harddrive to programs and video games? Would it make my games run faster since it has an entire harddrive dedicated to it, or will this be extremly slow because the OS is running from a cd-rom?


Answer:Running Operating system from a CD-ROM while dedicatingHD for programs

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i have just swapped a 10 gig hard drive from one pc to another...
the 10 gig drive used to be in my portable usb hard drive case. which i then used as a portable hard drive.
i formatted said portable drive on windows xp.
i have just decided to put the drive into a different pc.
however when booting from my setup/operating system cd's
i get a message telling my the drive cannot be found.
obviously i have checked all the connections a few times.
im wondering if maybe i have lost some data on the drive when i formatted it?
or any other ideas and helpfull info woulld be most appreciated

Answer:Solved: cant install operating system as it cant find my hard drive!

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I have an old Advent 7090 notebook, running Windows XP and recently have been getting the following error message:

"For Realrek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, check cable
Operating System not found."

I don't have any OS disks, as it was second hand and am hesitant to do a system restore, as some of the forums I have been scanning for solutions suggest this may aggravate problems.

Can anyone please help?

Kind regards,
Adrian Morrison

Answer:[SOLVED] Notebook unable to find operating system at start-up

When you see a system trying to boot via the network card, it usually means the hard drive cannot be read. You could try removing and reinserting the drive a few times to clean the contacts but, it probably won't help. More often than not, they're dead and need to be replaced.

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Hi guys i've been having this annoying problem since a year ago and recently i've been trying to fix this. The problem here is that for some reason i'm getting an instance of iexplore.exe running every startup. It doesn't seem to be harmful and the source of the file is from the program files folder itself. I usually just end the process till my next reboot. If i run another instance of IE, it'll actually show up as a non-system process. There seems to be an issue when i have that frustrating instance of iexplore.exe running though. Sometimes my multimedia keys on my MS keyboard will be unresponsive. Let's say the button that opens the My Music folder, if i leave iexplore.exe running then there's a lag time for the folder to come up when i press the button. Once i end the process, all these problems go away. Not sure if they are related.The steps i've taken so far were uninstalling ie7...deleting limewire, running spybot and clearing everything it found. I also installed Spy Eraser and it found something different. Because of it's own firewall software, it showed me that the iexplore.exe in question was trying to access even without the browser open. TCPVIEW manages to capture the process accessing the internet occasionally.Here's my hijackthis log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 12:14:26 AM, on 9/10/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Unable to get Internet Explorer version!Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\... Read more

Answer:Iexplore.exe Running On Startup As System Process

Sorry for the delay. If you are still having problems please post a brand new HijackThis log as a reply to this topic. Before posting the log, please make sure you follow all the steps found in this topic:Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis LogPlease also post the problems you are having.

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On my friends computer, he uses winamp to listen to music. Without running any other programs, his system process jumps from 2-12% ever 4 seconds. While on mine, it doesn't do that.

We both have windows xp with the same amount of updates (sp1) and tweaks with no spyware and using the "safe" configuration on blackvipers website. But his system process jumps from 2-12% for no reason while playing music (winamp), yet mine doesn't.

Here are some pictures:
My computer: my comp.gif
His computer: ants_computer2.jpg

I racked my brain and I can't seem to figure it out, what does everyone think. What could the system process be doing only when he's playing music?


Could it be that he has a Pent IV(m) 2ghz while I have a Pent III 866. Could there be a difference in technology which causes system process to jump?

Answer:WinXP is using CPU (system process) when I'm running winamp

It could simply be this setting

or else there could be something else resident on the memory!!

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Computer - Sony Vaio
OS - Vista

I cannot do a system restore from safe mode and hence accessed through pressing F10 (Recovery center). I selected system restore and it has been running for 2 hours.
The system restore pop up window states "Finalizing file restore" and its been there for 2 hours.
Please advise as to how long I might need to wait.


Answer:System restore process is running over 2 hours

Hello Raguchak,
It does sound like a long time for system restore to do its thing.
I don't think you are going to be lucky enough for this to finish, it can sit there for hours on end doing nothing.
Can you tell us what prompted the restore, there is not a lot that cant be fixed on Vista, so, if you tell us the problem that prompted the restore, we may be able to help.

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Hey guys, yesterday all of a sudden, my computer started lagging during a game of Borderlands 2 (which I've been playing for about a week without a problem) and all of a sudden the framerate dropped. When I switched out to see the load on the processor, it was at 100% which is not usual. So I exited and found that the processor was idling at about 40% bc of the system idle process (usually 5% before this problem). Ive restarted many times and run both microsoft security essentials and malwarebytes to scan for viruses and both came out clean.

Please help :(

thanks in advance

Computer specs:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Radeon HD 5830
8gb Ram Corsair Vengance
Phenom IIx4 965

Answer:System Ideal Process running high :/

System Idle is not a process. It means that 40% of your system is doing nothing. It also means that 60% of your system is doing "something". You ignore the "idle" and pay attention to what is using the other 60% of your processor.

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For reasons which are unknown to me, the system process never goes below 50% CPU usage nonstop. I made sure my drivers were up to date, as well as running my AV and so far have had no luck lowering the CPU usage. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:System Process Running at >50% CPU Usage Constantly

What AV program are you running and does your CPU usage go down if you shut it off?

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The last couple of days, when I get online,everything has slowed down. cursor wont move sometimes and I find it hard to start new programs. I hear something loading some files or something, (constantly running). When I open my task Mgr. the only thing running is the system idle processs between 80- 90 in the CPU.
I have ran the scans, it is seems to be better then it was, but I would like to have my hijack list checked for any thing out of the ordinary.
All suggestions welcome!
Thank you everyone!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:17:41 PM, on 7/19/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\TGTSoft\StyleXP\StyleXPService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Webroot\Spy Sweeper\SpySweeperUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-spyware 4.0\guard.exe
c:\program files\\agent\mcdetect.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Progra... Read more

Answer:System idle process running out of control

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There isn't much showing in your log, so we'll try a general cleaning and see what turns up.

Please print out or copy this page to Notepad in order to assist you when carrying out the following instructions.

Downloads(make sure to save these in a permanent location)
Cleanup!- Install it. You will use this later.

*NOTE* Cleanup deletes EVERYTHING out of temporary folders and does not make backups.

Ewido Anti-MalwareInstall Ewido Anti-Malware
Double-click the icon on Desktop to launch Ewido
You will need to update Ewido to the latest definition files.On the top of the main screen click Shield
Click the word active to change it to inactive
On the top of the main screen click Update.
Then click on Start Update. The update will start and a progress bar will show the updates being installed.
I also recommend changing the "Update interval" to something more reasonable like 12 hours.
If you are having problems with the updater, you can use this link to manually update Ewido
When you have finished updating, EXIT Ewido.

Next, please reboot your computer in SafeMode by doing the following:Restart your computer
After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, press F8.
Instead of Windows loading a... Read more

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 11:57:06 AM, on 3/15/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\KeyboardSurrogate.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\TCServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
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Answer:system idle process is running at 80+% i ran HTJ and this is the log file

System Idle Process at a high percentage is not a bad thing.

I see no active malware in that log.

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idle system process is running constatly in the task manager i have tryed to run anti virus *after updating* running adaware se personal *after updating* still the idle system process is constantly runing and wont stop. i tryed to end task that wont work if any one has any suggestions i would greatly apreciate it

Answer:idle system process running constantly

The IDLE process is exactly that. A process that runs and consumes all of the CPU when their are no other processes requiring the processor.

That is, if you are doing nothing, this process should be in the area of 99%.

When there is activity, the sum of all the CPU consumption of all the active tasks PLUS that of the idle task should be 99-100%.

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Just the last couple of days when I'm on my pc, it sounds as if I'm loading a s*#t load of files or something. I bring up my Windows task mngr. and the only thing I see that is running a great deal is: System Idle process, between 70 and 80 on the CPU. I find it impossible to work in any programs while this is happening.
I have scanned w/spybot (which came clean), and I'm trying to scan with Ad-aware while doing this thread and it's not letting it run at all.
I do a sweep everynight w/Webroot Spyware(which comes clean). I will try my ad-aware again, but is there something else in the mean time?

Answer:System Idle process is running out of control

G'Day, rclarkc,

You can have a look at this ......

...follow the steps and post a HJT log to the HJT forum here...

Good Luck with it.

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Hi guys i've been having this annoying problem since a year ago and recently i've been trying to fix this.

The problem here is that for some reason i'm getting an instance of iexplore.exe running every startup. It doesn't seem to be harmful and the source of the file is from the program files folder itself. I usually just end the process till my next reboot. If i run another instance of IE, it'll actually show up as a non-system process.

There seems to be an issue when i have that frustrating instance of iexplore.exe running though. Sometimes my multimedia keys on my MS keyboard will be unresponsive. Let's say the button that opens the My Music folder, if i leave iexplore.exe running then there's a lag time for the folder to come up when i press the button. Once i end the process, all these problems go away. Not sure if they are related.

The steps i've taken so far were uninstalling ie7...deleting limewire, running spybot and clearing everything it found. I also installed Spy Eraser and it found something different. Because of it's own firewall software, it showed me that the iexplore.exe in question was trying to access even without the browser open. TCPVIEW manages to capture the process accessing the internet occasionally.

Here's my hijackthis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:14:26 AM, on 9/10/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Unable to get Internet Explorer version!
Boot mode: Normal ... Read more

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Hi there, I need a big help here, the system idle Process is running with no reason, I have a virus for sure, tried a AVG, ad aware, norton, spyhunter, windows safety device and this problem remains, please can you help me with this? Thanks very much in advanced!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 8:55:47 PM, on 11/8/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ZcfgSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlc... Read more

Answer:system idle process running with no reason

please, help me out with this!

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While working on my laptop, the computer crashed and later gave me a "missing operating system" message. I don't have any Windows 7 discs; I saw on the forum instructions for fixing ThinkPads running Vista, but not Win 7. Does anyone have experience with how to fix this? Any tips would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:T420 running Windows 7 has "missing operating system"

Hello and welcome.
There are repair disks available for download.  Neosmart has one.  They charge for it these days IIRC.
If you know anyone with a machine running Win 7 of the same "bitness" 32 or 64, they should be able to burn you a Windows repair disk:  Start -> Maintenance -> Create a system repair disk
Not saying that a repair disk would fix the problem, but it's worth a shot.
[edit] I should have also pointed out that you can download and burn a full Windows 7 install DVD ISO and use that: Legal Resources for Downloading Windows 7

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I am running Windows XP on my Mac via Parallel Operating System. Does anyone know which is the best free Anti Virus software to use?

Cheers dudes!

Answer:Anti Virus when running Parallel Operating System?

Hi, Personally, I would recommend using either Avira AntiVir Free/Personal edition, avast! or Comodo for an antivirus program, just be sure that you only have 1 anti-virus program installed on your machineFor a firewall I would recommend Comodo, please note that the Comodo firewall installation also includes an Anti-virus program, if you decide to choose another anti-virus (not Comodo), then please be sure to only install the firewall, you will be prompted during installation if you want to install just the firewall, or the firewall and the anti-virus.The on-demand anti-malware scanners I recommend are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAnti-Spyware.For additional protection, SpywareBlaster is a great program to protect you from visiting malicious sites, and blocking tracking cookies. Note that SpywareBlaster isn't an actively running program. You download it, run it once, and then make sure you update it every week or 2 and you will always be protected. It works by tweaking some IE and Firefox settings to block tracking cookies and provide additional protection.Even though you are running XP on a Mac, these programs should work, I have no experience with Parallel machine but am only making an educated guess.

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Wonder if you could help me out.

I have got a Dell laptop that I purchased from Dell directly.

Dell Inspiron 1764. Purchased in 2010.

Computer shop has had to fix something on laptop and now looking to upload Windows 7 Premium operating system back onto computer. They are looking for license key but cannot locate on outside of device. 

I have the service pack number for my device.

How can I get the license number otherwise?

Any help would be appreciated.



Answer:Windows 7 Operating System License Number - How To Find It When Cannot Locate On Device

Check under the battery for the Windows 7 COA. If its not there you'll need to use OEM SLP. See here for more details: 

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it has just taken about ten minutes for my pc to reboot after an update and restart,this happens all rthe time and i thought it was because of the new avg prog but checking task manager i find this process is running between 75 and 97 in the cpu tag,what the hell is this and why is it running so hihg,i tried googling but got too muvch techno jargon,in laymans terms can anyone explain for me,i only have a crappy celeron r with 1 gig ram and xp home,any ideas as this is still running at present and wrecking my head thanks

Answer:system idle process running at 97 in task manager

means the cpu is at rest. It isn't working.So you have 97% of the cpu's power ready to work.

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In the last 2 days when I start my Win 7 Pro x64 PC I have a problem. After the Welcome screen goes I get a blue screen (Not BSOD) with my cursor in the centre and my Windows 7 title in the bottom right-hand corner. This lasts for about 90 seconds then Windows starts up. I pressed Control, Alt and Delete whilst the blue screen was up and selected Task Manager. The only Process running was System Idle Process. I thgought it was only supposed to run when the system was idle not starting up. I know Windows will not allow you to stop the process but what is causing it to run. My computer is normally a fast start-up - about 32 seconds, but suddenly this. What have I done to my dream machine (12 gb of Ram, 5 hard-drives)?

Answer:System Idle Process running before Windows 7 starts

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It appears this is not an uncommon problem. I'm sure hoping you folks can help.

The file is Rfhzyoqz.exe and is currently in the /AppData/LocalLow/EmieUserList/Wtzvbhu/Ebuagpaabob/ folder. There are apparently other related folders involved, including Tejgrfd in this same folder.

I will download the scan log tools and upload the logs shortly.

Thanks for being there,

Answer:Fake Google Chrome Process running on my system

Here are the files from execution of FRST and AdwCleaner - run under Safe Mode when the Fake Google Chrome processes are not active. If I need to run them again under a normal boot, let me know, but note that I had trouble trying to run FRST under a normal boot (though it may have been because Norton 360 was active).

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I'm getting a recurring issue when i start my computer either from start up or sleep. The hard drive is active for anything from 30 minutes to 4 hours with no activity from me.
In task manager it shows sytem idle process running at 99%.
Can anyone point me in he right direction to stop this please.

Answer:System Idle Process running at 99% in task manager

System Idle Process is quite normal at 90-99%.
But there is always something running/updating etc in the background, nothing unusual.

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I am having trouble with IE running slow. Get alot of Page not found and have to click it 2-3 times to get pages to load. I was thinking of downloading Firefox, but not sure if that is the problem. If its the explorer. Any help would be appreciated.. ty Gayle

Answer:IE running so slow! Windows 2000 Prof is my operating system.

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A couple days ago, my wife started complaining about mysterious behavior. At one point, she said all of a sudden her computer was playing lound music. 2 iexplore processes were runnung, but with no visable windows, under the SYSTEM user name. I told here to download malwarebytes, and scan here system. She ran a quick scan, which found ~300 problems, mostly Adware.MyWebSearch, but also Rogue.ContentCleaner and Trojan.Cycler.

After removing and rebooting, I had her run a complete scan, which found the Trojan.Cycler in smss.exe located in System Volume Information. I booted into BartPE to delete the files, but this was ineffective. I then downloaded and installed the free Avira antivirus, and while it has detedcted the trojan, it has been ineffective in removal. At one point after boot up, I actual saw some effect of the hidden iexplore.exe processes, when it actual poped up the "configure ie8" for the first time screen. Once completeing that information, the window disapears, but there are still 2 iexplore.exe processes running under system. It is possible to end the processes in task manager, but they return quickly.

I hav followed the instructions for new posts and attached the logs here. Thank you for any assistance anyone can provide!

DDS (Ver_10-11-09.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Martha at 22:48:55.78 on Tue 11/09/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_14
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1023.451 [G... Read more

Answer:iexplore keeps running as a System process - Trojan.Cycler not removed


Hello, and welcome to TSF.

I am currently reviewing your log. I will be back with a fix for your problem as soon as possible.

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I have noticed over the last week or so that my computer has increasingly become slower. I have run spybot & Adaware and even norton but the problem persists. It is getting to the stage now that only 1 process wil run at once and in Window Task Manager System Idle Process is around about 97-99% of CPU usage. Recently I have installed a new newtork card 'Netgear FA311 v2' and 'Liteon' dvd/cd writer & rewriter, not sure if these have had any affect.
Attached is a hijackthis log.
Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.
Many Thanks Telf

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 16:54:37, on 06/11/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS... Read more

Answer:Solved: Computer Running Slow - System Idle Process 100%

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can anyone advise what would be cheapest,and easiest to implement for a non techie, option to enable me to keep my lap top running (perfectly servicable at the moment) after demise of xp in april 2014. are there cheap programmes available which can automatically convert existing system and where can i purchase these,with appropriate costs.
any guidance would be appreciated including any info on this discussion ,and how to actually change operating systems ,if it has already been debated.
thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:replacement operating system for acer aspire 3634 running windows xp

Your XP sysstem will not stop working after April, it is just that MS will not be issuing any more updates so you have planty of time. If you wish to upgrade then your cheapest option is a Linux distribution, Ubuntu, Mint etc. If you must stick with Windows then you should look around at alternatives on eBay (watch out for fakes if they are too cheap. You might find a Win7 one there. Don't know the spec of your laptop so check it will run Win7 first using the MS upodate checker. Whatever you do will require an absolutely clean install so you will need to make an nexternal backup of all your data.

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Hey all. This is my co-workers laptop. WindowsXP Home Edition. The system process (not the idle process) is constantly running at 40% or higher all the time. It causes the CPU Usage to be between 90-100% at all times. This happens at startup. This results in the keyboard and touchpad to be slow responsive, however, a wireless mouse works fine.

I have run spybot, AVG, and also HouseCall by TrendMicro to no avail. The system is fully updated. Please help.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 10:07:51 PM, on 4/16/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Acer\Empowering Technology\admServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Arcade\Kernel\TV\CLCapSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Arcade\Kernel\CLML_NTService\CLMLServer.exe
C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Arcade\Kernel\CLML_NTService\CLMLService.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe
C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Arcade\Kernel\TV\CLSched.exe
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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 8:31:39 PM, on 23/09/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5700.0006)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\NICCONFIGSVC.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\bin\ZCfgSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\ifrmewrk.exeC:\WINDOWS\stsystra.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\PCMService.exeC:\Program Files\CyberLink\Power... Read more

Answer:Ad-aware Crashes Into A Blue Screen With Message: Stop:c000021a (fatal System Error) The Window Logon Process System Process Te...

Hi george_527,

We're studying your log right now and will be back to you a.s.a.p.

Thanks for your patience.

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I got a virus in Winlongon.exe AVG clean it up then I got the message. My Thinkpad is showing a message "c000021a {Fatal System Error}The Windows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of....." I have no backups. I don't want to do a fresh install I have the IBM Product Recovery CDs .  I also have a utility that get me to a dos prompt and allows me access to the C drive through DOS. I'd like the option to repair the current Windows XP installaltion but I don't get that option through the IBM Rescue and Recovery Interface.  Is there a way to do this without out the Microsoft XP disks?   

Answer:R52 (c000021a {Fatal System Error} The Windows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly

here is something you might try

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:( I dont know how to fix this blue screen error. The last thing i did was install outpost firewall. Then i rebooted and it went to the welcome screen. And something detected Winspy2.0 and i removed it. Then i got the BLUE screen message and i cant go into safe mode or "last known good config"
Please! help. Thanks.

Answer:stop c000021a {fatal system error} the windows logon process system process terminate

does this help your issue with the system.

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Hi! I got this message of malware (I clicked to remove) during some surfing on firefox and after a while the explorer.exe closes with an error. I try to open it on task manager and it says that explorer can't be found!
I rebooted and then I got this message "c000021A {Fatal System Error}, The initial session process or system process terminated unexpectedly with the status of 0x00000000 (0xc0000034 0x001008ac) The system has been shut down" and can't get anywhere.
I can't even go in safe mode, the same error messages appears!

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I want to run a newly downloaded audio enhancer. When I click on the executable, I get a message (see attached). I have no idea what to do.

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Answer:How do i find wat bios i am running and how much ram i can add to my system

without restart
go to RUN>type regedit
there is an entry SystemBiosVersion.

for RAM additon
it depends on ur motherboard.check its specifications

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Can anyone tell me how to find out what type of system I'm running? And if I can save that info to a file for future reference?

Any help would be truly appreciated. :-)


Answer:How do I find out what type of system I'm running?

Belarc advisor is a good tool for telling you what you are running.It will give you information on everything from the make of your motherboard to the license key for your version of windows.Amount and make of ram and your operating system.

Its free and you can get it from

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Just installed Microsoft multipoint and now I want to restore. I made a restore point before I installed multipoint so now I want to use it but when I go to start>accessories>system tools - Its not there. Even if I type in "System restore" in the start menu nothing comes up so did multipoint disable or remove it? (i am in maintenance mode)

Answer:Cant find System restore while running multipoint.

Hello WarfareDigital.

The tutorial below can help show you other ways to go about doing a System Restore if you like. System Restore
The tutorial below can help show you how to restore the missing "System Restore" shortcut in your Start Menu. It may have just been deleted by mistake.Start Menu All Programs in Windows 7 - Restore Default Shortcuts
Hope this helps,

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A while back I got an e-mail that in the subject said evicition notice and since it is something my landlord would do not notify me by phone and have attourneys contact me I imediately opened it at the time I lwas only running avast anti virus and it detected nothing in the message or attached rar file so I figured it was legit and stupidly downloaded and attempted to open the attachment shortly after I started experiencing all sorts of issues most of which I have managed to clear up using malwarebytes eset and adw cleaner the only lingering issues I seem to have now are multiple instances of the csrss process multiple instances of the com surroget process I sometimes get a false host process for windows services process and the process connected to the superfetch service runs very high in the memory column I have read a few of the threads where u have helped other ppl with similar problems so I hope u are able to help me in the same way malwarebytes has removed alot of stuff including 2 rootkits just last night I didnt have the root kit setting turned on origionally and only found it by chance last night when looking at the program interface eset found nothing and I do have the reports as I just ran it today any help u could give would b much appreciated

Answer:Multiple csrs process, com surroget process & fluxuating cpu usage superfetch running very high

I also have multiple host precess for windows services that are not connected to any service and do not appear in the process list where they should and when I end them it opens multple com surroget processes on top of the 2 that I already have so I wind up with 3 sometimes 4 com surroget processes and one that appears then goes away periodically eset detectsdetects nothing malwarebytes on the other hand detects 2 rootki

threat type location

Cidox.J.vbr phyical sector master boot sector on volume #0

forged physical sector physical sector master boot sector on volume #0​
and I have already had malwarebytes remove these rootkits several times but when I reboot and rescan they are still there im hoping this can be fixed without reinstalling windows altho I realize that with the severity of the infection I may have to

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We religiously track Windows Application fault events in our environment.

Recently we have noticed that when, Word 2013 x86 version (15.0.4823.1000, 15.0.4805.1001) running on Windows 8.1 x64,  crashes due to corrupted heap, we find suspended winword process that have no running threads.  the ccorrupt heap crashes are of
the type  exception c0000374 in Ntdll.dll at offset 0x000e6054.  We have two different situations in which we can trigger a crash that will produce the corrupted heap.

The problem is after the App crash the Windows Error Reporting service, attaches the WerFault.exe to the crashed process and saves the WER Dump file.  The problem is after this process is finished we are left with Winword.exe process that are in suspended
state.  They are not visible in the TaskManager but they show-up in Procexp,  these process have no running threads and the End task or end task tree have no impact.  The only way to exit the suspended process is to log off the user session. 

The suspended Winword.exe process cause problems when we re-launch a clean word, we have an add-in that detect's the suspended Winword and will not run.

On a test machine we disabled the WER service and of course we no longer see suspended threads, this is not an option for use because stopping the WER service stops logging of all Application Fault event ID 1000 and Application hang 1001 entries from the Application

We also tried to ex... Read more

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Son in law just bought a new toshiba laptop, and he has gotten the error, not sure of code as he shut it off and rebooted and said that works... daughter and I think there is a serious problem... and computer should be returned, he said he had told her about the error and she said OK, but when I saw it tonight he said he had talked to his "tech" friends and they said it was OK .... I don't think that is right. maybe he was just trying to cover his *** as he is headed downrange for a month )army) and the laptop is his only form of contact with his family and entertainment and thought he would be without it if he had to return to factory...

any feedback would be appreciated, only saw last part of error code, saying operating system could not be located.


Answer:new lap top computer gets start up error "can't find operating system"

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Process.start is causing error "The system cannot find the file specified." when IE is opened using ShDocvw.dll.
I am having a form with two buttons, one to open an html file and the other is to navigate a URL.

The following code is used to open the html file.

Private Sub OpenViewer_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnOpenViewer.Click

Dim objProcess As New Process

objProcess.StartInfo.FileName = "c:\Example1.html"
objProcess.StartInfo.Verb = "open"
objProcess.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = True


End Sub

the above code is working fine as long as i am using only this button click. But in special scenario this is causing error "The system cannot find the file specified."

I am using ShDocvw.dll to open up the IE with a URL.

the folloing is the code using for that.

Private Sub OpenIE_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnOpenIE.Click

Dim objBrowser As New SHDocVw.InternetExplorer

objBrowser.Visible = True
objBrowser = Nothing
End Sub

Once if i click on "btnOpenIE" to Open the IE to navigate to a URL. After that click on "btnOpenViewer" to open the file using process.start is causing the error "The system cannot find the file specified."

The following is the error message and stack trace.

Message "The system cannot find the file specified"

StackTrace &... Read more

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I have a Samsung NP-X20i
I wanted to take the hard drive out of this laptop and put in another one that I have that is in a dead laptop to retreive the data on the HDD. But when I went to put the original HDD back in it now says "operating system not found"

I have a feeling i've damaged one of the "cords" that is inside. I've included pictures the cord is that orange thing and as you can see in the second photo it looks like part of the end has come away and is broken as I can lift part of it up.

Are these parts replacable?? As the laptop isn't mine, it is a work collegues and I reallly hope I haven't stuffed it!!

Answer:Samsung Laptop "can not find operating system"

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Hey all! I am pretty new to this kind of Win7 issues, so I hope some of you will be able to help. Story goes...

After few hours of gaming the computer died. (It happened right after switching keyboards.) Now, on every setup BIOS(?) comes up with list of options (F2 enter BIOS, F11 boot options, F6 Flash etc.). After that a black screen with error message comes up: Missing Operating System.

I tried rebooting from USB (since I have no disk-drive) and I keep on getting the answer: Error Loading Operating System.

Any ideas?


Answer:Missing Operating System/Error Loading Operating System

All unlikely, but possible - (a) your HDD died. (b) your bios became corrupted (c) your HDD boot sector became corrupted (d) your HDD partition is corrupted.

Does the drive spin up when you switch on (feel it)?
Check the bios to see if the HDD is reported correctly and is at the top of the boot order.
Find a bootable CD - an OS installer, or create Easeus partition manager bootable CD and boot from it. What does the HDD look like with Easueus?

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Hi-I bought a used Dell Optiplex 780 with no o/s installed to replace my old Dell Dimension 3000.  I have a brand new copy of Windows 7 to install on it.  I've reinstalled xp on my old computer 2 or 3 times so I'm not completely new to this but, I thought I'd try to find out as much as possible before I begin.  Any advice will be appreciated.  I am wondering - when I connect the keyboard, mouse and monitor to the Optiplex with no o/s, will it recognize the components so that I can begin the installation of Windows 7?

Answer:installing operating system on computer with no operating system installed


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This may should like a stupid question but I am not sure so I felt that i should seek assistance from on of the most reliable places I know of.

I have a system that I want to give away but i cant give it away with the current operating system as it is under educators license. Currently the system is running windows xp pro. It is possible to put my older operating system back on the machine. I have been told that I can't by several people but I figured if anyone would know the people in here would ..

I appreciate any and all help with this.

Answer:operating system question about going back to prior operating system

yes you can. if you have NTFS and want to put back win98 or winME you need to format the volume with FAT32. you can use a win98 or winME startup diskette. or you can download one from .

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I noticed on the Windows Task Manager> Processes, that there is the processe "svchost.exe" running four times. Is this right?

Answer:[Solved] Why is the process "svchost.exe" running four times on my system?

Svchost.exe is a generic process name for services that run from dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). When you start Windows XP, Svchost,exe constructs multiple lists of service groupings that need to be loaded. Each instance can run at the same time. I have just checked mine, and I currently have 5 active!

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how i can link between these two windows that i have installed on my hard drive under two different partinions so that i can choose to what operating system i wana boot.thanks in advance

Answer:running dual operating system windows xp and windows 7

Here is the quick answeer.Not recommended.Now the long answer.1. Start with a clean Hard drive, or else erase the hard drive.2. Using the Windows XP install CD, make two partitions.3. Do a full install of the XP on the first partition.4. Install Windows 7 on the second partition.This should not be hard. But for a unknown reason some people just have a hard time. So Microsoft made a video: the video leaves your confused, please come back and say something.

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hi, new to the forums, and im having problems.

this problem just started up out of no where, everytime i try to boot my pc, i get a black screen, then after about 5 or 10 mins it will tell me "operating system not found"
but heres where it gets really freaky. a few times it'll just start up perfectly fine. and beyond that, as the pc is starting up i can hit F9 and boot the harddrive.
i really dont know what the problem could be, i heard it could be a bad hdd, but i would doubt that since i can still use the computer with F9
im using a compaq presario F7000 Notebook PC
i have vista home premium, but i dont have a recovery CD, i dont know how old this pc is. and dont know if i can still get a recovery CD, i THINK this computer has a recovery partition, but i dont know how to get to it.

any suggestions on how to fix this.?
(im posting from the computer im having problems with)

Answer:"cannot find operating system"

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I have an old xp laptop (sony Vaio PCG-FXA63) that I decided to use to play around with Linux, etc. After doing so, I decided to wipe the entire machine using the System Recovery discs. Somewhere in here I made a mistake and changed something in the BIOS (I think) and now the OS can not be found. I can still run Linux from the CD, and I can successfully run the System Revcovery disks, but when I just try to run the machine normally, I get the message that no OS can be found.

I think I just need to get back intot he BIOS and change point it to the right partition, but can not do so.

Any suggestions?

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In my list of processes under task manager, the process "System" runs every about every five seconds for a split-second, taking up about 20% of my CPU. This doesn't matter too much when running lower-end applications that require little activity, but when I run games that need much more of the CPU to run, I get skips every 5 seconds because "System" will run no matter what every 5 seconds. Any thoughts? (I have already run the latest updated spy-removal software ad-aware and spybot).

Answer:"System" Process running constantly...

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Hello all. I've tried several things to no avail. I need some extra help.A friends PC is getting this error: STOP: c000021a [fatal system error]Windows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0x00000080' (0x00000000 0x00000000).The System has been shut down.What occurred before this error popped up:1. Upgraded dvd43 software, booted, and this error came up.I have tried multiple things.1. Ran the bootfix2. Tried the Recovery Console with their diagnostics3. Tried to get to Safe Mode and it will not load, goes back to this message.4. Tried to overlay the XP image (refresh it), no avail, back to the same message.I haven't found anything on the web that can help me so far. Looking to take the next step and ask for help.

Answer:Windows Logon Process system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of 0x00000080

0xC000021A: STATUS_SYSTEM_PROCESS_TERMINATEDThis occurs when Windows switches into kernel mode and a user-mode subsystem, such as Winlogon or the Client Server Runtime Subsystem (CSRSS), is compromised. Security can no longer be guaranteed. Because Win XP can?t run without Winlogon or CSRSS, this is one of the few situations where the failure of a user-mode service can cause the system to stop responding. This Stop message also can occur as a result of malware infestation or when the computer is restarted after a system administrator has modified permissions so that the SYSTEM account no longer has adequate permissions to access system files and folders.I've never gotten this particular error...but if I did, i would treat it as a malware situation until proven otherwise.Louis

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I was told I should start a new thread, so here it goes.

Under windows task manager - processes, image name "system" is taking up 99% of my cpu.

I downloaded process explorer and narrowed it down to "ntoskrnl.exe".

If I suspend this process, every thing goes back to normal until I reboot, then it's slow again.

I tried to delete this file, only to have it regenerate while rebooting.

I ran spy sweeper and mcafee virus scan, neither find any problems.

I am running a dell dimension 2400
windows xp sp2
2.66 gh
640 mem

Any help?

Answer:Process "system" is running at 100% of cpu

"ntoskrnl.exe" is the main component of the operating system. Here is a link to the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

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Not sure if this is a windows or java problem, so posted this on the Oracle Java site as well, but really grateful if anyone can help. On Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit the example below works OK with java 1.7 but errors with java 1.8. On previous windows
versions both versions of java appear to work OK.
Created a simple example to reproduce the problem:
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit running on an Oracle Virtual Box, Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Eclipse Luna 32 bit, 32 bit java 7.65 and 32 bit java 8.45 installed.

Use Vis Studio to create a new C++ project configuration Win32, create a .cpp file and paste the following:
Please note: PIPENAME below is "{backslash}{backslash}{backslash}{backslash}.{backslash}{backslash}pipe{backslash}{backslash}UC_MENU_PIPE"
// PipeSample.cpp : Defines the entry point for the console application.
#include "stdafx.h"
#include <iostream>
#include <fstream>
#include <windows.h>
using namespace std;
#define       DEFAULTTIMEOUT 120
#define BUFSIZE 512
int main(int argc, const char **argv)
    wcout << "Creating an instance of a named pipe..." << endl;
    // Create a pipe to send data
                    HANDLE pipe = CreateNamedPipe(  L"PIPENAME", // name of the pipe

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hi. i have 2 hard drives. and and windows xp home one each one of them. how do i uninstall one of them without causing problems with the other operating system.

Answer:How do i Uninstall one operating system with multiple operating systems

could format one drive from another...take all data needed from one to another

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